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ACF Principal Features:

Designed to for easy operation, this 110V machine conveys ready-mixed or traditionally prepared material via a peristaltic system to the outlet nozzle. The 5m hose has been kept short in order to prevent blockages, and a flow regulator allows adjustment to suit the medium being applied. The Paloma has a remote control, and a lifting eye enables it to be winched up to access platforms.


Principal Features: The maintenance-free Duplex alternator is designed to meet varying and complex on-site power requirements. The generator is rated at 2.7kW, but for equipment requiring high start-up loads, like compressors or angle grinders, the alternator can provide four times its normal output. Wave form and frequency are held within 1%, enabling sensitive electronic devices to be powered.


Principal Features: Wired in-line on a transformer’s power lead, this device regulates the electricity supply drawn from a 3.3kVA transformer and cuts mains power to the unit when no draw is detected. If used with a switched tool, the operator has three minutes’ down time before the device activates, allowing for intermittent use. Power is released within seconds of the tool switch being depressed, giving a soft-start effect.


Principal Features: Besides giving product details, this 300-page publication is a comprehensive guide to trailers and towing. Topics include vehicle towing advice and legal requirements, tachographs, theft prevention, brake adjustment, bearing replacement and fault finding. Incorporating many colour pictures and step-by- step guides, its £5 cost can be deducted from subsequent equipment purchases.

LOMBARDINI UK Principal Features:

Fitted to 7-14hp Kohler Command PRO petrol engines typically found on small plant like pressure washers and generators, this patented four-stage cyclonic system is designed to protect against airborne contaminants that can clog traditional air filters in a construction environment, without increasing filter assembly size or weight. In cold conditions it can recycle engine heat for easier starting.

NIFTYLIFT Principal Features:

Fitted to several Niftylift mobile access platforms, this system combines two safety technologies to protect the operator and minimise machine damage in the event of impact. The SiOPS control panel cuts power if any significant loading on the console is detected, giving the user time to recover their situation. The ToughCage has a composite base and larger cross-section to absorb impact force.

NIFTYLIFT Principal Features:

These power packs enable electric-only or hybrid power to be selected to drive MEWPs. The former gives a zero- emission machine for quiet, eco-friendly operation, while in Hybrid mode the electric motor reduces fuel consumption by assisting the diesel engine as required, such as on slopes. At other times, the motor directs surplus power to the batteries. Exhaust purification is also incorporated.


Judges’ Comments: The Paloma’s compactness, portability and versatility are impressive, as are its labour-saving qualities. In addition, the machine could prove popular for use by a wide range of operators in different industries and professions, especially as it is designed to be easy to clean and to allow quick changes of the material being applied. It could also allow hirers to target customers in various new market segments.


The versatility and flexibility achieved by the alternator technology make the machine suitable for powering many different kinds of equipment, and operators would appreciate its ease of use. Low fuel consumption gives environmental benefits, and the generator could be hired to a wide range of customers, such as event managers, utilities and emergency services, as well as construction industry professionals.


Judges’ Comments: This simple device can decrease energy costs, reduce users’ carbon footprints and extend the life of transformers. It can be used in tandem with many fleet items, including low-energy lighting, as it works at levels as low as 20watts. HSC says an idle transformer can draw 130watts/hour when idle, and the judging panel also noted that the in-line energy saving device can be retro-fitted to older transformers.


Judges’ Comments: The panel was impressed by the sheer amount of useful information the Manual offered on a serious topic that many hirers and their customers often have queries and concerns about. Its style would appeal to personnel throughout an organisation, from counter staff and drivers to workshop staff and managers, and it represents an innovative and informative example that other suppliers, and hirers, could emulate.


Judges’ Comments: This system could reduce wear and extend the serviceable life of equipment, as well as reducing downtime and associated costs, bringing benefits to hirers and their customers. The panel noted that the engines carry a three-year limited warranty covering all commercial applications, and that the Quad-Clean filtration is designed so as not to compromise on equipment performance or fuel efficiency.


Judges’ Comments: This innovation addresses the recognised potential safety hazard of a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) operator becoming trapped between the machine and surrounding objects, forcing their torso onto the controls. Given the importance of complying with appropriate work at height regulations, it represents an imaginative and practical Health & Safety measure, helping to protect both the operator and the machine.


Utilising technology similar to that used in automotive engineering, this system addresses key environmental issues that hire companies’ customers are becoming increasingly aware of. As well as lowering noise and emissions, machines can potentially work 24 hours a day, using electricity at night and being re-charged while running on diesel on the dayshift, thereby enhancing operational flexibility and increasing site productivity.


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